I have been away from classroom far too long. Even longer from K-12. As it turns out, K-12 isn’t what they used to be. K-12 appears to be too rough for a laptop to survive. And it is with this believe, DELL introduces DELL Latitude 330 Education, along with a few affordable mobile computing solutions, the DELL Chromebooks 3100, 31002-in-1 and 3400 laptops. Lets talk about the Latitude 330 Education first because, I am totally intrigue by its claimed robustness.

The 330 can shrug off bumpy bus rides. In fact, it is tougher than that. It has been tested for thousands of small tumbles, withstand classroom splashes, its hinge tested 30,000 times, and it is able to sustain falls from the desk and live to tell the tale – if it could talk, that is. Apparently, all those are what a laptop is going through in the hands of students. And the 30,000 hinge test… that is so that dear students can handle assignments after assignments.

The 330 also boasts a 10-hour battery life so it could literally “outlast the final bell” – detention not included, or may be it does? It is quite beautifully designed too, so students need not to feel ashamed about lugging this tough beast around. Other highlights include a 13.3-inch display, a choice of processors (Intel Celeron, Pentium, and up to Core i5), USB Type C connectivity, DDR4 4 GB or 8 GB RAM, and eMMC hard rive or SATA Class 35 SSD. Actually, wait, there’s no point in letting you in on the details because, its a DELL and it is configurable.

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Up next is the updated DELL Chromebook 3000 series that will get Intel Gemini Lake processors, new 2×2 Intel wireless cards, USB Type-C.

Key features of the new Chromebook 3000 series lineup:

•   Chromebook 3100: Features 11.6" display with Embedded Touch or non-touch options with a 180-degree lay-flat, durable hinge that allows students and educators to gather around a single device to view material together. Battery life: up to 14 hours and 3 minutes.
•   Chromebook 3100 2-in-1: Convertible design with 11.6" display and Gorilla Glass NBT Touch; also features an optional world-facing camera to encourage student creativity. Battery life: up to 13 hours and 25 minutes.
•   Chromebook 3400: Features 14" non-touch display with optional full HD. Battery life: up to 12 hours and 58 minutes.

The new DELL Latitude 330 Education laptop is available now starting at $299, while the DELL Chromebook 3000 series will be arriving in late Match. Pricing-wise, the Chromebook 3100 has a starting price of $249, while Chromebook 3100 2-in-1 and Chromebook 3400 starts at $359 and $319, respectively. One thing to note about the prices is, they may be academic stickers and so, if you are buying as an individual, those prices may not apply, At least, that’s what I see for the Latitude 330 Education which has a starting price of $619 listed on DELL website.

All images courtesy of DELL.

Published by Mike chua

Avid tech enthusiast, gadget lover, marketing critic and most importantly, love to reason and talk.